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Sarah Ferguson Says Princess Diana "Would Be So Proud of Her Boys"

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Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, had a complicated friendship with her sister-in-law, Princess Diana. The two women were actually fourth cousins, and became close when Diana was 19 and Ferguson was 21. After her marriage to Prince Charles, Diana even helped set up Ferguson with her eventual husband (and, later, ex-husband), Prince Andrew.

However, the Duchess and the Princess had a difficult relationship with the media. “It was always that Diana was portrayed as the saint and I was portrayed as the sinner,” Ferguson recently told T&C. “Bad Fergie sold an awful lot of papers.”

There were a few other tense moments. Ferguson ruffled many feathers when she released her 1996 memoir, My Story, after she and Prince Andrew divorced. Reportedly, Diana stopped speaking to Ferguson after she revealed in the memoir that she had caught plantar warts after borrowing Diana’s shoes.

Photo credit: Ken Goff - Getty Images
Photo credit: Ken Goff - Getty Images

Few know feuding with the Palace quite like Ferguson, who was stripped of her "Her Royal Highness" title after her divorce, but she doesn't directly comment on recent tensions in the royal family, including those involving Prince Harry and Meghan. She did tell T&C, though, “I believe that Diana would be so proud of her boys…and she’d be so proud of her grandchildren.”

Even though their relationship may have been difficult at points, Ferguson has viewed Diana as a close friend since their days at the Palace. She wrote in the infamous 1996 memoir, of Diana, “She was two years younger than I, and I strove to support and protect her as I would a younger sister—as I still do today, as a best friend.”

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